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Secret of Saying Thanks Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–A quiet, reflective piece on the importance of a grateful attitude. With a light hand, Wood shares the idea that there is a secret [in life], one of the happiest ones of all. Readers may discover it as the sun welcomes a new day, or maybe it will come when they really notice a flower and its fragrance for the first time. Maybe just some cool shade on a hot day or hearing a bird sing will lead them to say, Thank you. There is much to be grateful for: the stars, the moon aglow at night, lakes and rivers, ponds or puddles, family and people we love. Each spread is a reminder of the wonders around us. The heart that gives thanks is a happy one….We don't give thanks because we're happy. We are happy because we give thanks. This is a pleasing story for times of contemplation. It is not heavy-handed or preachy, and should appeal across cultures or religions. While it has a definite spiritual tone, it does not promote a singular point of view. Shed's oil illustrations of a young girl and her golden retriever noticing the world around them appear as though they are being viewed through a gauzy shade. The effect plays well with the peaceful nature of the text. This title could be used anywhere books with values lessons are in demand.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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About the Author

Douglas Wood is the author of When a Dad Says “I Love You,” When a Grandpa Says “I Love You, The Secret of Saying Thanks, and A Quiet Place as well as the New York Times bestselling Can’t Do series. His books Old Turtle and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth were both international bestsellers. Additional titles include No One But You, illustrated by P.J. Lynch; Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed The World, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Where the Sunrise Begins, illustrated by K.Wendy Popp. Douglas lives in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota. A studied naturalist, he shares his knowledge of nature as a wilderness guide.

Greg Shed is a self-taught artist who lives in San Diego, California. He has illustrated numerous children's books and his artwork is known for its light and texture. His hobbies include hiking, music, and American history.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689854102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689854101
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. RingswaldEgan on February 21, 2007
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Douglas Wood is a breath a fresh air in our consumeristic world. He offers children a view of life that treasures the simple pleasures, and appreicate each moment life has to offer. A real find for children - AND adults.

The core message of this book has become MY daily reflection for the year. His books resonate deeply in me and my children LOVE them.
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I seldom write product reviews, but this one merits the time. I borrowed the book from my local library to read to my 4 year old, and was thoroughly touched. Most of us are rushing through our daily lives, with little time to reflect on anything. Reading the story to my son gave me the time to reflect on my own life, and time to say "Thanks". I'm purchasing it with the hope that, as my son grows, he will find time for reflection, and that this book touches him as it did me.
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This book is filled with beautiful, richly colored pictures, and descriptive language that paints a picture of its own. I read this story aloud before our Thanksgiving dinner and it added such meaning to the day. Children and adults alike will treasure this book. It is something that will be a new tradition in our home.
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After I had taken my first Yoga Calm class, I wanted to find a book to help students find their own inner calm and have positive thinking. Somehow I stumbled upon The Secret of Saying Thanks and I'm so glad I bumped into it. As a school counselor, I am always looking for great books that help kids with gratitude and can also be used as a tool in the world of yoga.

Read this little excerpt from the book:
"The heart that gives thanks is a happy one,
for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.
The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for.
And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become."

Wow! Aren't those the types of words and thoughts we want filling our kids minds throughout the school day!?! It is so APPARENT to me when their minds are filled with goodness you see the results during their day. I see more smiles, cooperation, and kindness.

I sort of winged an activity and asked students to find a comfortable resting spot. I used the Hoberman Sphere to help students find their breathing. Introducing the concept of gratitude before I read also helped kids focus their thoughts on being thankful. I just knew if I had everyone in front of me sitting "criss cross apple sauce", I would lose them. When we re-gathered to talk about gratitude - there was a really good calm energy in the air. Words revolved around who and what they were thankful for. And they weren't thankful for material stuff, their gratitude was aimed at what really matters in life, each other. If you are looking for a book to help kids meditate, relax, and have positive thinking - try this one. I absolutely love The Secret of Saying Thanks.
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This is one of the loveliest books, art-wise and word-wise.. I think it's appropriate for kids and adults about the topic of giving thanks and seeing gratitude in so many ways. The thoughts are lovely with beautiful pictures. It reminds me of Native American spirituality as well as the philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi. I highly recommend it.
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Touches the heartstrings with good morality and social grace lessons. Reminds us we are all humanity. Written for the guidance of children, but also useful (and enjoyable) for adults to read and remember.
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What a beautifully written book! This book describes how a person comes to realize all the beauty and wonder in the world and why saying thanks is so important. I read this at Story of All Ages at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. It was a favorite. I plan to buy this book for all my friends who have children. It is such an important message.
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In 2013 I read this book to my assembled family of 13 adults and children before our Thanksgiving meal. Everyone was a bit restive at first, the youngest girl asking to see the pictures, one of the adults making suggestions. But as I kept going, the crowded living room got completely quiet. The power of this little book's simple text and profound message became palpable. I pray that its "secret" will remain with me and my children and grandchildren always.
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